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Real Haunted Places Across North Carolina

Across ##Region##, there are countless locations that are believed to be haunted, ranging from houses & hotels, to lighthouses, roadways, and wooded areas - ghosts and spirits don't seem to discriminate when it comes to what locations they're haunting! Find out all about North Carolina's unique haunted locales, many of which are open to the public, and if you're feeling very brave, visit one of these exciting haunted places!
 
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  •   First Presbyterian Church Asheville, NC
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    Built in 1841, the First Presbyterian Church was burned to the ground during the Civil War. The church that stands today is the rebuilt building that was erected in 1884, and has been the source of numerous notable incidents, such as the funeral of Thomas Wolfe. Supposedly, the spirit that haunts the church is named Black Abbey, due to the female apparition wearing a black dress.... Read More

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  •   Calvalry Episcopal Church Fletcher, NC
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    A congregation of the Episcopal Church, Calvalry has been standing for almost 200 years. Since it dates back to the Civil War, many believe that the church is regularly visited by the Phantom Rider of the Confederacy. The Phantom Rider is a woman on horseback who is believed to have lost her husband during the war. Long blonde hair, period dress, and a Confederate cape are all visual... Read More

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  •   Merrimon and Broadway Asheville, NC
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    At the corner of Merrimon and Broadway Avenues in Asheville was the sit of frequent town hangings during the 19th century. In 1835, after allegedly stealing a horse, James Sneed and James Henry were convicted and hanged at this very spot. The two men proclaimed their combined innocence until their deaths at the hands of the townsfolk. As such, there have been reports of the sounds of... Read More

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    A staple of local lore for over a century, Devil's Tramping Ground is a 40-foot circle of land in a forest near the community of Bennett. Supposedly, vegetation has not grown in the spot for well over a century, despite no discernible reasons to explain it. Stories about what occurs at the spot wildly vary, but the central belief is that the Devil himself uses it as a kind of portal... Read More

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  •   Brown Mountain Lights Morgantown, NC
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    Viewable from multiple vantage points including the Blue Mountain Light, Green Mountain, and Brown Mountain overlooks, the Brown Mountain Lights are unexplained lights that rise from the mountains. The local legend surrounding the lights dates back to 1200, in which a massive battle took place, at a cost of a tremendous amount of lives. Supposedly, the lights are the spirits of Cherokee... Read More

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  •   Asheville City Hall Asheville, NC
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    City Hall is the site of a particularly upset paranormal entity. Said to be the ghost of a businessman who committed suicide after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the ghost dresses in old-fashioned clothes and has been spotted in various areas of the building. Sometimes mellow, such as when he is standing on line at the snack bar, he has been said to be violent at nights, being held... Read More

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  •   Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria Asheville, NC
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    According to town lore, the current location of Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria is the site where Will Harris' infamous massacre occurred in 1906. Will Harris, a gang member at the time, arrived drunk at his girlfriend's sister's apartment after he was unable to locate his girlfriend. A fight broke out, resulting in two police officers being called to the scene. Harris, armed with a rifle,... Read More

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  •   1859 Cafe Hickory, NC
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    A friendly local eatery, 1859 Cafe was a staple of Hickory for nearly three decades before it closed its doors in 2011. The cafe had been set in an 1800s home and general store, and apparently had a ghost as friendly as the individuals who frequented the joint. Blonde and always wearing a white dress, the ghost never reportedly did anything besides merely appearing in mirrors and played... Read More

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    A warehouse complex that has had a variety of tenants over the years, including Coolworld and Midnite Rodeo Clubs, the location is now essentially closed besides some possible rented spaces. In its heyday, the building was the site of numerous paranormal experiences, including mysterious energy orbs around the club's dancing areas and a spirit that was supposedly caught on security... Read More

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  •   USS North Carolina Wilmington, NC
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    As the first battleship America built for WWII and one that took place in every naval offensive during the Pacific Theater, the USS North Carolina also has the distinction of being the most highly decorated American battleship during WWII. It also has the distinction of being one of the ones that is haunted, with reports saying that a blonde-haired sailor roams around the ship and... Read More

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    While serving as a tribute to Native Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoake Island, the site is most well-known for being the location of the Roanoke Colony. Established in 1585 by Queen Elizabeth I in an attempt to create a permanent English settlement, the charter was originally funded by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, but was passed to his half-brother, Sir Walter Raleigh,... Read More

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  •   Mountain Brew Cafe Arden, NC
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    Though no longer in business, Mountain Brew Cafe still stands, both literally (as a vacant building) and figuratively (as a testament to its haunted history). Cafe workers often heard footsteps and various human noises from an alleged spirit who haunted the second floor. The spirit was said to have belonged to a woman who was murdered in the building years prior. Read More

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    Built in the early 1800s, the Harvey Mansion has become a staple of the New Bern community both because of its cozy atmosphere and its paranormal ties. Visitors have witnessed a woman, dressed in period clothing, lingering and walking across the second and third floors. Workers have reported silverware being moved and flickering lights, among other possible ghostly occurrences. Read More

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  •   Vance Birthplace Weaverville, NC
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    Arguably the most prominent political figure in North Carolina history, Zebulon Baird Vance was a state legislator and Congressman by 28, a Confederate colonel and governor by 32, three time NC governor, and U.S. senator for fifteen years. Vance Birthplace is a five-room log house that was reconstructed around its original frame and is a registered historic site. Numerous ghosts have... Read More

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  •   Biltmore-Oteen Bank Building Asheville, NC
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    Though it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, the Biltmore-Oteen Bank Building hasn't served much of a purpose in recent years besides its architecture being eye-catching. Built in 1925, the two-story bank is said to be haunted by a man from the early 20th century who is desperately searching for something within the bank's walls. Did he hide... Read More

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  •   Scandals Nightclub Asheville, NC
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    Serving for 30+ years as arguably Asheville's most popular LGBT club, Scandals is simultaneously loved and haunted. While its paranormal ties don't seem to have a negative impact on attendance, there have been reports of a Native American woman's apparition messing with the club's electrical workings. Read More

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  •   Pond Road Asheville, NC
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    Pond Road is well known by Asheville residents as the spot where a ghost dog freqently strolls. He is said to hang around where the road crosses over a quarry. Before seeing the dog, witnesses say they hear a distinct howl before it eventually crosses the street. Supposedly, the ghost dog breaks into a run, leaping over the road's barrier and disappearing into the night. Read More

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    Shrouded by mystery and with only the vaguest of certifiable facts to base off of, the legend of Grimghoul Castle is one of the most enduring stories at the University of North Carolina. The castle was constructed in the early 1920s at a cost of around $50,000. While much of the details of its construction are unknown, it was funded by the Order of Gimghoul, a collegiate secret society... Read More

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  •   Tar River Tarboro, NC
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    Stretching for over 200 miles in northeast North Carolina, the Tar River has long been a source for local fireside tales. Its name comes from Revolutionary War times, as it was frequently used by tar-laden barges heading out to sea. Interestingly, the main tale stems from the Revolutionary War, as well. According to locals, a patriot was drowned in the river by British Soldiers. Right... Read More

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  •   Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Buxton, NC
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    The history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse dates back to 1797, where a Congressional decision led to $44,000 being devoted to the lighthouse's construction. Due to shoddy construction and alleged damage during the Civil War, a new lighthouse was constructed in 1870 and still stands today. With such an extended history, the lighthouse has been the source of numerous ghost stories... Read More

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  •   Waneta Street Asheville, NC
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    As the story goes, two women were murdered in cold blood on Waneta Street during the 1920s. Both women were savagely beaten to death, and in a case of injustice, the case was never solved. Even today, people claim to occasionally see the killer's apparition walking up and down the street while holding a blunt object. Read More

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  •   The Winds Resort Beach Club Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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    Though "The Winds" is renowned for its Southern hospitality, Sam clearly isn't buying into the praise and accolades. After spending the night at the resort and dying from a heart attack, Sam has supposedly never left his cabin, instead deciding to haunt the resort and creep out the guests. Employees and guests have reported cold spots, windows and doors opening by themselves, and... Read More

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  • Chicken Alley Asheville, NC
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    Named after the chickens that used to populate it during Asheville's humble beginnings, Chicken Alley still exists as a small, narrow alley in a populated section of the city. While a street sign also marks the location of the alley, a large mural by local artist Molly Must depicting chickens is a much better indicator for visitors. So...is the ghost that haunts Chicken Alley the... Read More

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  •   Church Street Asheville, NC
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    According to local lore, Church Street was built at the expense of the resting spirits who were buried in the church graveyard it now covers. A nun and a woman dressed in period clothing are among the spirits who have been spotted. Read More

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  •   Piney Grove Church Concord, NC
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    Built in the early 1900s and abandoned by the late 90s, Piney Grove Church is said to be haunted by four distinct ghosts, each with their own behaviors and tendencies, according to reports. Additionally, the building is suseptible to random mists and shadows, blurred photographs, and unexplained lights. Read More

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  •   Basilica of St. Lawrence Asheville, NC
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    The Basilica of St. Lawrence is an architectural marvel in Asheville due to the unprecedented dedication of architect and builder, Rafael Guastavino. Built in 1905, the Basilica features an ancient Spanish tile and mortar building system that dates back countless centuries. Known as the Guastavino system in America, the style has been emulated in Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall,... Read More

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    Located in a repurposed farmhouse dating back to early Charlotte, Kennedy's Preimum Bar and Grill has a long history from which to base its paranormal occurrences on. Nobody is exactly sure who the entities are or what business they have still being in the establishment, but a variety of slammed doors, unexplained noises, and radio interference have been reported by workers and patrons.... Read More

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  •   Church of the Redeemer Asheville, NC
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    With origins as a family chapel during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Church of the Redeemer is now an Anglo-Catholic Congregation that serves Asheville and Woodfin. According to witnesses, a female apparition has been spotted making her way down the church's outside stairs that lead to its cemetery. The woman then proceeds to head down the hill, crosses the road, and then... Read More

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  •   Alexander Michael's Charlotte, NC
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    Alexander Michael's has been a trusted tavern in Charlotte for over three decades and is frequently said to be haunted. Details on the exact nature of the disturbance are few and far between, but it seems that the apparition that is sometimes spotted is that of an unnamed patron. Supposedly, the ghost sits by himself in a booth and doesn't disturb the other customers in the tavern. Read More

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  •   S&W Building Asheville, NC
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    Built in 1929 and used as a cafeteria for over four decades, the S&W Building has long been a staple of the Asheville community. The building also used to house Shotzy's Bar, which was the source of many of the building's ghost stories. Employees reported phantom waiters in the hallways, a girl's apparition on the balcony, and coolers/doors that opened by themselves. Where these ghosts... Read More

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  • Reed Gold Mine Midland, NC
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    During an afternoon stroll in 1799, Conrad Reed discovered a 17 pound, yellow rock on the property of his father's farm. After keeping it as an unusual oddity for nearly three years, a Fayetteville jeweler offered $3.50 to the Reed family for it. They accepted, not realizing that its market value was $3500. The significance of this find was not only that it led to the creation of the... Read More

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